new-york

Sarah Charlesworth

Olsen Gallery

In three of the four pieces here, Sarah Charlesworth continues her literal deconstruction of photographs. In each large work she cuts up a photographic reproduction lifted from the ocean of anonymous illustration photographs in books, then rephotographs some or all of the resulting fragments in approximately the same relationship they had in the original, but separated and floating against a black background. Blown up to a commanding three by five feet, and with transparent colored gels applied to some sections, Charlesworth’s constructions take on an implacable sheen and presence.

By gearing the specific nature of each act of cutting to the nature and internal structure of the image she uses, Charlesworth achieves surprisingly varied results. Explosion, an earlier work not in this show, is based on a photograph of a car exploding; by tearing the photograph into crude fragments Charlesworth

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